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Mending jeans

February 19, 2010

Luckily, before slaughtering my second pair of jeans, I found this great tutorial on how to mend jeans, and since the hole was not that big after all, I was able to mend the jeans so that they will live a little bit longer. My only concern is that since I used iron-on fusing, it will be more difficult to reuse the fabric once the jeans are beyond saving. Anyway, here is how I did it (check out the tutorial for a better description!)

This is the hole, fortunately not too big:

And here are the materials needed: iron-on fusing and some fabric.

As it said in the tutorial, I did my ironing with care and then I ironed on the fusing. I decided to “mend” the other leg as well, hoping to avoid any creation of holes in the near future.

Then I did my basting – this is really necessary since it is quite messy when you get to the sewing machine.

Now to the hardest part: stitching around the whole patch. Be sure to start in the most difficult part, which in my case would be the part closest to the knee. Be sure to insert the jeans from the waist, otherwise you will be in trouble. Stop often, with the needle down, and check so that you are not sewing more layers than you should.

Then comes the fun part – sewing with a zigzag over the hole. I also chose to enfore an area that was getting worn-out. I found it best to use a quite narrow zigzag.

And here you see the whole area. The seam around the patch is quite visible, but I hope that you will not notice much when wearing the jeans.


Jeans recycling #1

February 3, 2010

Two of my favourite jeans have big holes on their knees, so I will try to recycle them the best I can. First out is a small container that I use as a trash can for trimmings etc when I sew. I already had a smaller one which has been moved to my partner’s working area so that he can use it for throwing away receipts etc that he otherwise usually tend to keep on his desk…

These containers can be made of any fabric that is fairly sturdy. I used jeans both inside and out because I was too lazy to make it in another fabric, but of course I broke a needle when sewing through all the layers of jeans.

1. Cut off the hem of the jeans, and make another cut below the knee so that you will have two cylinders of the desired height (consider that it will be folded when calculating the height).

2. Cut two circles in the same or another fabric. The diameter of the circle should be two times the width of the leg divided by pi (or 3 to make things simpler). Add a couple of cm of allowance to this, if you cut it too large you can always trim off some of the allowance afterwards.

3. Sew the circles onto the bottom end of each of the legs.

3. Now you have two containers, leave one as it is and turn the other one inside-out and put it inside the first one.

4. Sew them together, but leave a hole, about 5 cm.

5. Now pull out everything through the hole that you left until you have a container with the right side out.

6. Make a stitching around the top of the container in order to close the hole, fold down the upper part and you are done!

8. Now use your imagination on how to make these containers more interesting, e.g. by embellishing them with needlework, applications etc. or using other fabrics. In the container I made, I added a small piece of fabric when sewing in step 4. I have seen some really nice containers on the web, e.g. by MayaMade and Little Miss Fix It.

What to do with a really ugly t-shirt

January 27, 2010

My partner had an extremely ugly t-shirt that he bought during his first visits to Sweden (obviously before we met!), and it has been lying around the house without being used for many many years util I finally came up with an idea of how to reuse it – as a pajamas for my daughter! She loves it, and often talks about how it was daddys t-shirt and really BIG, and now it is her pajamas. I used a pattern for a children’s t-shirt, but you could just trace a t-shirt that fits.

The idea is to reuse the hem, so you should cut the pieces aligning them to the hem. The size of the t-shirt will decide how long the sleeves and pajamas will be – my sleeves ended up 3/4 which works fine. I will just put up the pictures here:

How to cut the pieces:

and here’s the result: